Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our customers, colleagues and communities are at the heart of what we do. Therefore in light of the developing Covid-19 situation, we will be posting information on what action we are taking based upon recommendations by the Government and Public Health England.
In line with recent government updates and their gradual softening of lockdown restrictions, we have increased our chapel capacity to 15 mourners.
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During the current situation, we appreciate that it may be difficult to decide on a fitting tribute for your loved ones while our offices are closed. We know that finding a special way for you to remember and mourn is extremely important, and we understand that you may be thinking about what options are available to you at this time.
Whilst our offices are closed, we’d like to reassure you that our trained colleagues are still available to assist you in finding your loved ones’ lasting tribute.
If you’d like us to contact you to discuss this further, or to ask any questions you may have, please complete the enquiry form on the Brochure Request page where you can also download a digital version of our Memorial Brochure.
Welcome to Aylesbury Vale Crematorium
A new crematorium for Aylesbury Vale, built to the highest standard and in sympathy with the surrounding countryside and waters. It is a natural and peaceful place for families to hold the Funeral service of their choice.
Set on the edge of Watermead Lake and bordered by the River Thame, the crematorium is shaped by water. The final entrance to the chapel carries the funeral cortege over a bridge, creating a distinct, private space for mourners to gather before the service. A generous car park lies below, designed to hold just one funeral at a time, preserving the individuality for each occasion.
The chapel is light and open, finished in natural materials with stunning views over the lake beyond. The whole building is circular, allowing the time and space so necessary for each funeral.
Nestled into a a wooded hillside, the gardens of remembrance wind around the hilltop to lower lawns beyond, offering long range views of the open countryside beyond.
A special oasis on the edge of Aylesbury, overlooking the waters beyond and offering a tranquil setting for families to hold their individual funeral.
Statement - November 2018
Aylesbury Vale Crematorium set to Open - Local funerals to be held this winter
The new crematorium at Watermead will soon open its doors, after it was given the go-ahead by James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday.
The crematorium is a modern, purpose-built facility and will offer a peaceful setting for funerals. The crematorium will host an average four funerals per day, allowing slots of up to an hour for each service. This ensures that families can have a dignified, personal event and that funerals do not overlap.
“The planning process has taken a number of years, but we are pleased that the Secretary of State’s decision will now enable us to open the crematorium and start to serve the local community,” said Dafydd John, of crematorium operators, the Westerleigh Group.
“We expect to open within weeks, we have an excellent team in place who will soon begin taking bookings from Funeral Directors, and we look forward to providing the highest standards of funeral care to bereaved families from Aylesbury and the surrounding area.”
Opinion polls have consistently shown that this is a welcome community facility.
“We will be good neighbours and we are confident that those who may have had reservations will appreciate that we provide an essential service and can be a force for good in the community,” said Mr John.